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Sarah Mower and Caroline Issa Toast Racil and in London

It may be Fashion Week in New York City, but press and buyers still managed to make an intimate soirée in London last night to celebrate the launch of Racil’s Fall 2016 collection on Dressed in a velvet Racil suit, Caroline Issa stated, “I’m off to New York tomorrow, but I love Racil. I wanted to be here; my packing had to wait.” Hosted by Lebanese designer Racil Chalhoub and co-founder of, Ruth Chapman, the reception was held at a London townhouse owned by the luxury online retailer.

Spread across three floors, the evening event saw Vogue’s Sarah Mower; I-D’s Anders Christian Madsen; and fashion influencer Soraya Bakhtiar, mingle while dining on canapés that included foie gras burgers; artichoke and truffle pizzeta bianco; miso salmon with black sesame; pickled cucumber; and shiso. The smooth vocals of Michel Berger and Véronique Sanson (offset by the upbeat tempos from France Gall) set the mood of the evening.

Later in the evening, guests including British Vogue’s Sarah Harris and Tania Fares; Tatler’s Sophie Goodwin; and stylist and fashion consultant Pandora Sykes, were treated to an intimate dinner complete with a rustic setup just off the main room.

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